"She just held my hand and said: 'You won't let your dad go private, will you?" Labour leader Keir Starmer tells @bbcnickrobinson about his late mother, a "passionate defender of the NHS" Listen to the full interview on #BBCPoliticalThinking bbc.in/32G12LP
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When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer she could wait 3 weeks for the operation on the NHS or we could pay for her to go private in 3 days. We paid….Sorry Kier…not

Nov 26, 2021 · 3:41 PM UTC

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Nothing wrong with that, but if you couldn’t afford you would need the nhs and that’s why it should be there
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In theory, yes, but if the NHS can’t handle the volume of patients, it isn’t fit for purpose.
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Why should Keir be sorry? You should be mad at Tories making people wait (and it's way more than 3 weeks now) for cancer treatment, that they have to pay out-of-pocket.
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I don't think Starmer minds that fella?
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Not everybody can afford to do that.
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My problem is the with the people that can’t afford it. The whole point is that it is free at the point of service for everyone. Some delay is inevitable during a pandemic, but it shouldn’t be quicker privately. We’re saying it’s ok for poor people to die due to delay?